Nutrition is a hard topic to cover for a wide audience for all the of the reasons you’re likely already thinking. The most glaring of those reasons is the fact that everyone is different – some people have a hard time gaining weight, others have a hard time losing weight. Nobody is exactly the same as anybody else and that makes giving out widely applicable nutrition advice very difficult. Luckily, there are some tips I could give that can help a lot of people make better food choices to start their lifestyle changes!
Seems counter-intuitive, right? There is logic to this though, just sit tight and I’ll break it down. The average person eats about 3 times a day according to popular opinion. Based on my experience it’s often closer to 2 times as a lot of people work through lunch (a TERRIBLE idea as far as I’m concerned) or missing breakfast so they only end up eating dinner and either lunch or breakfast (which is usually pretty small to boot). That means they’re insanely hungry by the time they finish work so they’ll usually have a massive dinner. The calorie count of that dinner often far exceeds what the body can process so they end up storing most of it as fat.
There is another side to this coin, and that’s represented by those who choose to starve themselves with obsessively low-calorie counts day after day. This is horrible too because it just results in your body shifting your metabolism to a sort of “starvation mode” where it stores just about anything you eat in order to prepare for the eventuality that you end up with nothing to eat at all for a while. I’m sure you can see the problem with a dive-bombing metabolism and almost dangerously low-calorie counts, but I’ll spell it out for everyone to keep things clear: the moment you start eating like a normal person again, your body has no way of immediately shifting your metabolism back to where it used to be so you end up gaining a significant amount of weight in the form of fat. Not such a good idea, right?
The alternative is what many call “grazing”. This is where you eat many small meals over the course of the day so that you’re never hungry and your body always has the necessary nutrients to function at optimal levels and rebuild micro-tears. This is the best way to set yourself of up fitness success when it comes to food as it avoids a lot of the problems mentioned earlier.
Drink More Water
A lot of people forget how important it is to stay hydrated. Being properly hydrated helps your whole body function better, especially your muscles. This will help you build muscle more easily and burn fat more efficiently as well. Not only that but when you stay hydrated, your body is less prone to hold unnecessary amounts of water and you won’t mistake your thirst for hunger which will keep you from snacking on junk food or eating when you really don’t need to.
This will also keep you from drinking pop or juice when you’re thirsty. It’s not that these things don’t contain any liquid that could hydrate you, the problem is in the sugars. The sugar in those drinks causes an insulin spike which causes increased fat storage. This effect can be used to benefit those who are looking to build muscle, but if you’re looking to burn fat then you’ll want to stay away from that.
Eat More Veggies
Many people forget just how important vitamins and minerals are to your health. You can make a huge impact on how your body functions by getting the right amount of micro nutrients in your diet daily. This can be a big an impact as improving your body’s ability to burn fat or as small as improving your energy levels, which will help you be more active which will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Most of these vitamins and minerals can be very easily found in vegetables like carrots, peas, leafy greens and the like. There is also the secondary benefit that the fiber in veggies can help you feel more full without having to eat as much. This will help you eat more nutrient-dense meals which benefit you more than calorie dense meals.
These 3 tips can make a significant difference in how quickly you reach your fitness goals. For more detailed information and instructions, don’t be afraid to contact us and if we can’t help you personally we’ll refer you to some great nutritionist who can help you get your nutrition on point! Do you have any powerful pieces of nutrition advice you can share with us? If so, let us know in the comments below and as always, stay fit and have fun!